Facility fee waivers decided for Centrefor Cerebral Palsy

THE City of Joondalup will waive part of its facility booking fees for the Centre for Cerebral Palsy.

At the City’s March 31 meeting, councillors deferred consideration of the centre’s request to waive fees to get more information on where its office was and if it was eligible for the subsidy.

The centre requested a 100 per cent fee waiver for 2015 to hire Ellersdale Clubroom in Warwick and Admiral Park Community Sporting Facility in Heathridge, but it was found to be ineligible on several grounds.

However, a council document stated that given the previous 100 per cent fee waiver, introducing hire fees could be “financially prohibitive” for the centre.

Councillors voted at the May 19 meeting to waive 75 per cent of the fees for 2015 up to $6725, with the waiver to reduce by 25 per cent for each year after – 50 per cent waiver in 2016, 25 per cent in 2017 and no waiver from 2018 – unless the centre becomes eligible for subsidy.

If the City was to grant a 100 per cent fee waiver for 2015, the City would lose about $8967.

In March, the City also waived 75 per cent of fees for the Kallaroo Embroidery Club at Flinders Park Community Hall in Hillarys up to $4131 for 2015, with the waiver to reduce by 25 per cent for each year after unless it becomes eligible for subsidy.

Though it has more than 50 per cent of its members living in the City, the club’s primary base of operation is in Ardross.

It also agreed to waive an additional 25 per cent of fees for the Northern Districts Bridge Club at Seacrest Park Community Sporting Facility in Sorrento up to $2926 for 2015, with no additional subsidy to the 50 per cent provided in the policy from 2016, and extended the 100 per cent subsidised use to the Lions Club of Whitfords at Gibson Community Centre in Padbury to a maximum of 30 hours per week.